The Bugatti Veyron is nearing the end of its production run – with just 15 cars left out of the 450 or so which were scheduled to be built. It’s no surprise then that questions are being asked as to how can Bugatti top what is one of the greatest feats of automotive engineering ever built.
In a special report by Autocar, the magazine has surmised what the Bugatti Veyron successor might look like, and what sort of performance it might offer. Not much has been said publicly by Bugatti about a new Veyron yet. But ‘insiders’ at the company have apparently been talking to Autocar and told them that the new model, due to arrive in 2016, will have a top speed of around 286 mph, and a 0-62 mph time of 2.3 seconds. Five test mules have been built so far.
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Ettore Bugatti became famous in the early part of the 20th century for producing some of the world’s most exquisite automobiles. What most people, myself included, didn’t know, was that he also had a go at aircraft design.
Originally designed in collaboration with Ettore Bugatti and Belgian engineer Louis de Monge, the original 1937 Bugatti 100P is considered by many to be one of the most technologically advanced airplanes of the era. The 100P featured cutting-edge aerodynamics with forward swept wings, a zero-drag cooling system, and computer-directed flight controls, all predating the development of the best Allied fighters of World War II. It was powered by two 450-hp engines squeezed into the narrow fuselage, and it was designed to reach speeds approaching 500mph. A feat previously only achieved by aircraft with twice the horsepower.
The 100P was also much more compact than most aircraft of the era, with a wingspan of nearly 27-feet and an overall length of approximately 25.25-feet. In June 1940, Bugatti stopped work on the 100P and concealed the plane to prevent its discovery by the German military. Though the plane survived the war, it was left in a condition unfit for flight. Amazingly the original aircraft still survives, currently residing at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique Grand Sport Concept is an open-top version of a concept we covered last year, the Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique Concept by Italian designer Alan Guerzoni.
Like before, the car takes its inspiration from historic Bugatti models. But whereas the first concept used the 1935 Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe for inspiration. The design of the 12.4 Atlantique Grand Sport concept looks like it has been influenced by models such as the 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid Roadster and open-top Type 57T Tourer.
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The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique is a head-turning, jaw dropping, concept created by the Italian designer Alan Guerzoni. It is the antithesis to the restrained styling of the Bugatti Veyron. It’s like a steampunk supercar for the 21st century.
The concept takes most of its inspiration from the 1935 Type 57SC Atlantic coupe. That’s to say both cars are very swoopy and elegant. The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique concept has a streamlined body, suicide doors, a long, low hood, and an aerodynamic tail. Like the Veyron it features a prominent two-tone color scheme with chrome highlights. Highlights include some delicious LED lights, rear-view cameras mounted on stalks coming out of the front wheel arches, and side-exit exhausts.
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The 1991 Lotus Emotion has an interesting and convoluted back-story, and it very nearly could have become a legendary supercar – twice. Instead it just became a footnote in automotive history.
The concept was first unveiled at the 1991 North American International Auto Show, it wore Lotus badges and was based on a Lotus Esprit platform. It was a non-runner, however it was designed to accept the Esprit’s 2.2-litre 264-horsepower turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine.
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Ever wondered what the Bugatti Veyron might have looked like were it designed at the same time as the first Type 1 VW Beetles in 1945? Well thanks to the skills of a Polish photoshop artist who goes by the alias of RC82 Workchop, you need wonder no longer.
His beautifully executed render of the oddball combination goes by the name of Bugatti Veyron 1945, and unfortunately there’s no shot of the rear angle to ponder over. But his attention to detail is remarkable, the steel wheels, chrome bumpers, old-style door hinges and handles all go a long way to making this thing almost believable.
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The Bugatti Gangloff concept is the work of Polish designer Pawel Czyzewski. The concept was inspired by the one-of-a-kind 1938 Type 57 SC Atlante Coupe which was built by the French coachbuilder Gangloff. But it’s not all retro, there’s a good deal of influence coming from the Veyron, which gives the concept a contemporary connection to the brand.
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Developed by the French designer Marc Devauze, the Bugatti TypeZero concept is a proposal for an electric-powered, single-seat Bugatti sports car. The simplistic design of the concept was inspired by the Bugatti Type 35 racer. And while the connection might not be immediately obvious, look closely and you’ll notice the dark central section of the TypeZero has very similar contours to the shape of the 35 – it’s just that they are for the most part hidden by the rest of the concept’s bodywork.
Theoretically, four electric motors would provide the car’s forward momentum. These would be supplied by electricity from Lithium-Air batteries. Lithium-Air (or Li-Air) batteries were originally proposed in the 1970s, but it’s only just now that manufacturing methods and materials are starting to make the idea feasible. The technology is still in its infancy, but it offers extremely high energy output when compared to the current batteries on offer. Great for automotive applications – especially sports cars of the future!
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The Bugatti Super-Sedan Concept is an individual design proposal for a four-seat, ultra luxurious sedan. Its creator is Macedonian designer Dejan Hristov. The Bugatti Super-Sedan concept features a number of styling cues inspired by the Veyron, but there’s also plenty of new ideas on display too. For example, when not in use, the headlights are hidden behind a body-colored panel, giving the car an unique appearance from the front. The doors open in a gullwing manner, exposing both the front and rear rows of seats.
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Bugatti has decided that the world needs just one more special edition model of the Veyron, because the countless others they’ve produced over the past few years just aren’t quite enough. This time Bugatti have teamed up with the German company Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (Royal Porcelain Manufacture Berlin). Like Bugatti, Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin specialize in making the best products they possibly can, but instead of making supercars, they manufacture extremely expensive hand-painted porcelain dishware and figurines.
For some unknown reason, Bugatti and Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin thought that their two companies should work together and produce a one-off Veyron Grand Sport which featured porcelain elements both on the inside and outside.
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